Court rules of procedure, enacted by the Florida Supreme Court also make certain court records confidential and also provide a method for the parties to request that their records be sealed under special circumstances.
All court files used to be kept in paper form; the advancement of technology has enabled the clerk to provide better access to court records through electronic access from the Internet.
This document will give you detail about access to public court records, how electronic access is provided and how the clerk protects confidential information, how the public can take steps to protect their confidential information.Article I, Section 24, Florida Constitution establishes the public constitutional right to access to records of the judicial branch of government.Access is to records of court actions through the Internet.The constitutional presumption in Florida is that all records of the judicial branch of government are public. Based on the identity of the user and their relationship or role, the law provides various levels of access to court records for attorneys, parties, governmental agencies, and law enforcement.
Florida law restricts access to some cases, documents and information based on the record and the user.
Public comment on the benefits or problems with electronic access is welcome.
Please comment to: Florida law allows certain person or governmental entities to access some court records when the public is not permitted access.
The clerk has created different levels of access depending on the user.
Except for Public Internet access, all users must enter into a subscription agreement and access court records through secure login and password.
(a) Every person has the right to inspect or copy any public record made or received in connection with the official business of any public body, officer, or employee of the state, or persons acting on their behalf, except with respect to records exempted pursuant to this section or specifically made confidential by this Constitution.